Thursday, March 20, 2008

I'd rather go to the DMV.

Yesterday afternoon, after my last parent-teacher conference, I was finally convinced by Pirate and SW TriGal to get checked out in the ER. There, I learned several things:

1) It is as bad as they say: Far, far worse than going to the DMV and the Verizon store combined, and I was at a small suburba hospital where I wasn't preempted by gunshots or car accients. After waiting 2 hours for a procedure that I was to have "in about 25 minutes" I was calm outside, but inside I was screaming, AAAAAUUUUUUGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

2) My pain is not "abdominal." It is "pelvic."

3) They are free with the painkillers, y'all. Take them. Right after my ultrasound, they offered me morphine. Uh, WHAT? I asked for ibuprofin instead. I regretted that later.

4) Contrast iodine going through a vein feels a lot like you'd imagine hydrofluoric acid would feel.

5) I have a cyst on each ovary, and some sort of pelvic infection.

6) I can run "as well as I feel like running" on Saturday.

That last one was the most unhelpful. I went in around 2 and left around 9:15 pm, and was hoping that at least once during that time somebody would say, "you should run, because it will make you feel better," or, "you should not run, it will make things worse." Alas, that was not to be, i.e. "If you feel like running, run."

I was given a cocktails of antibiotics through an IV and a couple of pills and sent on my way with a diagnosis of "some sort of infection, probably in your uterus" and a prescriptions for percocet. I'm going to appear the decision with my primary doc. The pain is enough that I can't tell most of the time if I have to pee or not and I've gotten weird diagnoses from this ER before.

Meanwhile, today, Baboo, Mini-baboo, and I will head out to Texas, and by the end of the day I will have decided on whether or not to drop back to the half-marathon at the Grasslands. It's my hope that by the end of the day I'll feel enough better to make that decision. Right now, I feel like curling up into a fetal position and sleeping some more. I'll keep y'all posted.

Spring Break awaits!



  1. Oh my word! Poor you!

    For what its worth, I think you should lay off running for a few days at least and concentrate on getting yourself well. Fighting infection takes a lot out of your body, and if you try to just push through you may do yourself more harm than good.

    I really hope that you feel better soon.

    Hugs, Thea xx

  2. Anonymous7:10 AM

    Oh, good luck...I hope it gets better quickly. I say enjoy the percocet and cheer on the Baboos this weekend :)

  3. hey GG, Hope you feel better. Only advice that I can give is to take it easy. it seems that if something is bugging you enough to go to the ER its probably a good idea to take some time off and not run a marathon!

  4. Ugh! Feel better soon!

  5. Oh, gosh...I'm so sorry to hear that! I wish you a speedy recovery!!!!!

  6. Awwwww...wvarian cysts are not for sissies. Did they discuss the possibilty of a rupture?

  7. I had an ovarian cyst before and I thought I was in labor. Oh good golly girl, hang in there!!

  8. Bummer on the cysts.... Would running in the pool be less stressful/painful (besides the pain of the boredom of running in a pool....)?

  9. Sorry that is back! Could also be endometriosis. I know it sounds weird, but I've had good luck with (lots of) hot raspberry tea, which turns out to actually be recommended by herbalists for this sort of thing. You can find the medicinal grade stuff at health food stores. Feel better and keep us posted.

  10. Hi,

    I'm really sorry to hear that you have a cyst on each ovary. I ended up having one last year (after a very painful race which prompted me to go to the er) and I know how painful they can be, as well as the whole procedure. I hope you feel better and that you can continue with the Grasslands like you had planned.

    I really enjoy reading your blog- you're an inspiration.

  11. Oh no! Get well soon

  12. Geesh...sorry to hear about the cysts. I hope you get into the doctor soon.

  13. Geesh...sorry to hear about the cysts. I hope you get into the doctor soon.

  14. I hope the percocet is living up to its reputation, and I hope you're feeling weller.

    Take it easy -- tons more marathons where Grasslands came from and only one you.

  15. So far, what's made me feel the best so far is gas-x. Go figure! I think I had gas bubbles pushing on the cysts. I'm going to get with my primary care doc on Monday or so and see what he thinks. The cysts they saw, but the rest is "probability" due to a "slightly elevated" white count. I think the white count is due to a root canal I have that's been trying to come undone, and all my symptoms are from the cysts.

  16. Had the ovarian cysts and after some ultrasounds was told that they resolve themselves...but they are really painful. I ran through them hoping they'd rupture and go away and they did.

    You are one tough lady!! I vote that you keep running.

  17. OH my hope you get better soon!

  18. OHhhhhh, sweetie!! I am so sorry..that sounds painful. Take the drugs..Did they rule out appendicitis? I had weird pain all over when I had appendicitus and elevated white count..Keep us posted.

  19. The pain diminished pretty rapidly during my marathon today and never came back (thanks for the advice, Mary Sunshine) so perhaps they ruptured!


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